Friday, April 24, 2015

A great sight to see and a Class of 2015 Scroll Saw Pattern.

One thing our hobby needs is an infusion of younger scrollers. Our demographics tend to skew toward the more mature crowd. It's important that manufacturers know that new people are entering the hobby so they will continue to support us with new products. It's also just wonderful to see young people enjoy them selves in a creative art. 

I received this email from Gaylen the other day and I wanted to share it with you all. Gaylen had a great opportunity to share our craft with several middle and high school children. He also sent along a few pictures. We received permission to share the pictures and I knew you folks would love to see them.  It's also fun to read Gaylen's comments about how rewarding it was to work with these young men and women. If any of you have a chance to mentor a child please take the time to show them our wonderful hobby. 

Thanks Gaylen.

Hi Steve,

I want to share with you an opportunity I received because of your much appreciated review on your blog 10-14-14 of Mr. “M’s” Workshop in Branson, Missouri.   Your information and kind words inspired John DeBey (Heritage Middle School teacher in Liberty, Missouri)  to call me a few days after your review came out, and he arranged for me to present a Workshop at MWSU  (Missouri Western State University) in St. Joseph, Missouri on April, 17, 2015, just completed.

John and the NW Missouri Industrial Technology Teachers Organization offer both Middle and High school students the opportunity to present a project they have made in one of their technology classes to be judged in competition.  Over 100 Items including everything from miniature laser work to a large yard shed were in competition.  Also all types of tables, cabinetry, chairs, wood turnings, etc., and yes many scroll saw projects.  Steve, you will be pleased to know that one item in the judging was a vase from you pattern collection.

During the time of the project judging, the students have an opportunity to watch demonstrations and/or participate in workshops. I was very pleased to be invited to share my Scroll Saw Workshop with two groups. 

We had 10 middle school students and 13 high school students each in a 90 minute session. I shared with them a “point to point” style of cutting that I have developed, which helps students be able to cut much smoother, with no sanding of the edge needed when you are finished.  An added result of this system is they are much less likely to miss the pattern line.  I also included a blade selection chart that I have developed and use in my instruction. Other items covered were blade tension, blade types, and blade ‘Drift’ .  

We worked on cutting a” USA” shelf-sitter using an OLSON #7-DT blade.  (Great smooth cut using ¾” select pine) Because of the large number in the sessions, we had two students sharing a saw so we were able to cut only about 1/3 of the project, but we talked through the cutting process and the techniques to use for the rest.  They now have “homework”. I am a great believer in sending projects home for cutting after the workshop is over, because they now have a reason to keep cutting.

Everything we covered I published in a take home ‘booklet’ so they could re-read and review what we did whenever they wish.  I also sent home blade analysis charts on all types of blades.  I believe the blade you select is 90% of your success.  All of these tips I learned from Jim Adam, the master toy cutter at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri on a visit back in 1991.

I must compliment all of the students for being extremely courteous, attentive, and very interested in the traditional style of scrolling I offer. Their parents, teachers, and schools should be extremely proud of them. My experience working with them was outstanding.

Along with the teachers organization, MWSU, and your blog, for helping us make the connection, I also wish to thank ‘The Wooden Teddy Bear’ Catalog for their support in providing the literature to help me to explain the types, sizes, and styles of blades for these students, as well as all of my other Workshops.

I would like to say this was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my 23 years of scrolling and teaching.  My wife Karen and I both appreciated the opportunity and enjoyed the day very much.

Steve, I thought you may want to share this, or parts of it, in one of your future blogs. I wish to thank both you and John DeBey for making this day a great success. 

Enjoy your creativity and your scrolling, because we enjoy the results.

              Gaylen Montgomery      Mr. "M's" Workshop

The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated. Make A Donation

If you would like to have all the patterns in the Scrollsaw Workshop catalog you can buy the first six years DVD and the 2013 update DVD at this link. DVD #1 is $20 and contains over 1,100 patterns. The 2013 update DVD is $7.50 and has another 178 patterns.

This is the end of the daily posts. Keep scrolling for lot's more scrolls saw fun!
Bear Woods has been around since 1987 serving our hobby. They offer a wide range of craft products including Pegas scroll saw blades, clock inserts, toy parts, workshop supplies and much more. In my ten years of writing the Scrollsaw Workshop blog I have never received a complaint about Bear Woods. I get thousands of email a month so that's saying something about their customer service and quality products. Please support the people who support our hobby. Click now and visit Bear Woods.

Heritage Wood Specialties. Scroll saw ready boards!

Heritage Wood Specialties is a nationally recognized supplier of superior quality hardwoods to fine woodworkers across the US and Canada. Novice hobbyists and experienced enthusiasts alike can enjoy the high quality woodworking materials and kits available from Heritage Wood Specialties. Great source for scroll saw ready boards.

Seyco began business in 1986 with the goal to supply the best customer support and quality products in the scroll saw industry. I have worked with Seyco on many occasions and I can tell you they are simply the best. Please do yourself a favor and click the image above. Steve Good

Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.

Thousands of FREE scroll saw patterns. No registration or signup required.

The projects form these patterns can be sold without restrictions. The patterns cannot be sold.

Click here for the Free Online Catalog.


Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Watch the following video to see how easy these beautiful scroll saw vases
are to make. 

Order the $3 pdf Catalog

This is a PDF of all the patterns in my free catalog. It is for Windows only and has a program to automatically download the pattern to your computer. Please watch the video below before you order. Click the picture to order.
You do not need a PayPal account to order. At the bottom of the PayPal page is a button that will allow you to pay with a credit card. After successful payment click the Return to Merchant button for the download.

Stencil Printer 1.7

Stencil Printer Instruction Video.

The Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer 1.7 is my latest software for creating patterns. It will create key chain fobs, desk name plates and more. Click the image above to download the latest version. It is free to use donationware. This software is for Windows PC only.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds. Windows PC only.
Download Version 1.1
Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker

Use the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker to start a small keychain business. Build yourself a nice display and make up severl keychains with common names. Sell at craft shows, on Ebay or at work. Everyone needs a keychain. Take custom orders. Heck just make them and give them away as gifts. It's all made easy with the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker. Watch the video demonstration then download the file below and get started with the fun.
The following link will start the download process. After the file download is complete just click the setup file and the program will be installed. Please consider a $5 donation for the program.